Maxwell Daley, a 12-year-old Grayson County, KY pumpkin grower, won first place in the seventh annual Largest Pumpkin Contest at the Kentucky State Fair.
His pumpkin weighed in at 582.5 pounds during the Kentucky State Fair official weigh-in Friday afternoon, Aug. 19 on the West Hall porch.
Daley is a man of few words but revealed the secret to growing large pumpkins is a lot of fertilizer.
Daley’s aunt, Misty Thomas, said Daley paid $40 for his pumpkin seed this year and worked daily to grow it.
In addition to collecting coins and baseball cards, Daley also has grown and sold corn each summer and pumpkins and gourds each fall since he was 8, Thomas said.
Maxwell Daley, a member of the marching band, is the son of Joe and Amy Daley, of Leitchfield.
Frank Mudd, from Flaherty, KY won the Largest Watermelon Contest for the third year in a row with his 137-pound melon. Mudd is also the official judge for the Largest Pumpkin Contest and a former pumpkin winner.
The pumpkins and watermelons will be moved to the West Hall for the remainder of the Fair for viewing. The contest is the largest premium of any Kentucky State Fair entry category.
The largest pumpkin winner received $500, and the largest watermelon winner received $100. The top four are awarded prize money.
The 2016 Kentucky State Fair runs through Aug. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Admission is $10 and parking is $8.
For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org.